Dubai International Horse Fair
The 15th Dubai International Horse Fair opens on 21st March, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Being held in association with the 16th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, the event is attracting participants and exhibitors from across the global equine industry, as well as riders and fans of equestrian sports. The two events are being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, and conclude on 23rd March. As the region’s largest trade platform for the equine sector, the Dubai International Horse Fair brings together leading equestrian equipment companies, owners, breeders, stables, clubs, veterinarians, services and care products, all serving the needs of both professional and leisure riders, and wider horse enthusiasts.
The event is also expected to attract families and the general public, with pony racing organised by Al Dhabi, interactive sessions on animal maintenance, an equestrian-themed art gallery, unique displays by world-renowned trainer Miguel Duarte, live equestrian performances, the annual Horse Auction for Arabian Purebred Horses, being held tomorrow, 21st March, and a rare performance by the Dubai Police band and their canine patrol – plus the force’s own exhilarating horseback tent-pegging contest.
For the first time this year, the event will include displays related to two other much-prized components of the UAE’s culture and heritage, falconry and saluki hunting dogs.
The Emirates Falconers Club will make their debut appearance with a display of falcons, sharing expertise on the rich history of falconry and its special place in Emirati culture, while the Arabian Saluki Centre will be displaying some of their most prized dogs. The Centre will seek to explain to visitors the sport – almost an art - of hunting with these beautiful creatures which – unlike most canine breeds – rely on sight rather than scent to track and run down their prey.
Continuing the theme of speed, Lamborghini – who are the official Car Sponsor of the show – will unveil their new Urus model; the world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, SSUV.
For 2019, equine healthcare will take centre-stage at the Dubai International Horse Fair, with innovative products ranging from cutting edge portable medical laser light therapy devices, produced by US-based Multi Radiance Medical, to tailored individual lighting for the wellbeing of horses amongst some of the products being exhibited in the region for the first time.
The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, which takes place alongside the Horse Fair, is the most prestigious beauty competition for Purebred Arabian horses, from the very young to the elderly statesmen of the Arabian equine world. With prize money of US$4million (AED15 million) up for grabs, the Championship is expected to attract strong attendance from equestrian enthusiasts worldwide. It will run throughout the three days of the event, culminating with the Championship classes.
Alongside the two events, an Equine Conference will also be held, with papers being presented by a number of key experts.
More than 10,000 buyers, professionals, breeders and enthusiasts from over 25 countries are expected to attend this year’s Fair, along with over 200 brands and companies. Countries exhibiting at the show for the first time this year include Serbia, China, Lebanon Malaysia, Serbia and Turkey. The event is being held in the Zabeel Halls 5 and 6 of the Dubai World Trade Centre.
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